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Become a University Professor through Graduate Studies at TTU

Just as there is a large and increasing demand for practitioners in personal financial planning, there is also a healthy demand for qualified professors with PhDs to teach and conduct research in financial planning in colleges and universities. Texas Tech University has the first PhD program in the nation registered by CFP Board, and the only PhD programs with 11 full-time tenure-track faculty focused solely on research and teaching personal financial planning.

The PhD program is an on-campus curriculum designed to prepare graduates for careers as effective university researchers and teachers or for senior research positions in a variety of settings. The program is designed to include rigorous coursework in theoretical and research skills including statistics, research methods, economic and financial theory, academic writing, and preparation of proposals and research papers. Graduates with a doctoral degree in PFP from Texas Tech have a unique background in both scholarship and applied financial planning. Candidates for the doctoral degree must demonstrate extensive scholarship, expertise in a particular field of knowledge, and the ability to do independent high quality research and to present the results of their research in the form of a dissertation. The program is a minimum of 78 class hours and 12 hours of dissertation past the bachelor’s degree.